Windows 10 adoption surges past Mac OS in Russia according to web site statistics.
How fast is Windows 10 adopted? That is the question on everybody's mind. Microsoft announced that 14 million have installed Windows 10 in the first 24 hours. Since then the company stayed mum. A week ago a report on Neowin citing inside sources said that Windows 10 surpassed 25 million installs.
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It is hard to know if Windows 10 upgrades have slowed or if the momentum is still strong. The Microsoft Edge browser is hard to read tell for the Windows 10 adoption. Once unlocked, it does reveal though all. When we first analyzed the major browser statistics reports on August 3, Edge did barely show up. Now things are much clearer, but hidden in plain sight.
StatCounter's report shows a steep growth of the Chrome browser from June to now. At the same time there is a decline of the Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge's User Agent string is ambiguous and statistics tools including Google Analytics identify it as Chrome. This is by design.
Microsoft does not want web sites to sniff out Edge and serve custom code to it. It is though time for web site statistic tools to break out Microsoft Edge and Windows 10 in the reports. Edge version and Windows 10 (Windows NT 10.0) are part of the Edge User Agent string.
The StatCounter report shows a steady growth of Microsoft Edge. A web access report released by Russian site Liveinternet.ru (Via WinBeta) shows a much more dramatic growth of Windows 10. On August 5th, Microsoft Edge already matched Safari on Apple Computers and has since left it in the dust.
Mac OS is apparently not very popular among the users of LiveInternet. Mac OS is behind Windows Phone in the ranking of most popular operating systems accessing the site. The portal appears low tech, but generates over a million visits per day. It is difficult to say if LiveInternet's statistics are representative for the whole of Russia.
The take away is that the Windows 10 install base is growing and adoption has not slowed down yet. Microsof said earlier this year that there will be 1 billion Windows 10 devices in 2 to 3 years. The company has is still a long way to go to reach this ambitious goal.
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Microsoft is likely holding off on releasing Windows 10 statistics until the next earnings call. The first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2016 will be released on October 22, 2015.